With a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Islanders punched their ticket to the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Islanders won Game Six and will advance to play the Boston Bruins, setting up their first meeting since 1984. This is the third season in a row that New York has advanced to the second round but the first playoff series clinched at Nassau Coliseum since 1993.
The Penguins opened the scoring with a Jeff Carter goal just a minute and a half into the game, but New York had answers for everything in front of a lively crowd of 9,000.
Carter’s goal was his fourth of the playoffs, while Jake Guentzel and Jason Zucker also scored for Pittsburgh.
Evgeni Malkin’s assist on Guentzel’s goal broke a tie with Mario Lemieux for the second most playoff points in franchise history. Sidney Crosby sits atop the list with 191 points.
Anthony Beauvillier responded to Carter’s goal and Kyle Palmieri had the answer for Guentzel’s power play goal to draw things even after the opening frame.
Zucker scored to open the second for the Penguins, but the Islanders popped in three unanswered goals in the middle frame to close the game out for good.
Pittsburgh fought valiantly, outshooting the Islanders 37-24, but it wasn’t enough.
Brock Nelson had two goals and Ryan Pulock had his second goal of the series to seal it up.
Ilya Sorokin had the net once more for New York and he’s now picked up every series win for his team after Semyon Varlamov lost Game Two and Game Three. He’s held the net for the Islanders, especially in Game Five when the Penguins cracked off 50 shots. Sorokin posted a 1.95 goals against average in the series.
Goalie Tristan Jarry was looking to respond for Pittsburgh after a heartbreaker in Game Five, but it was not to be.
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